- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 3, 2016

A YouTuber famous for a rant on anti-ginger discrimination has come out as transgender.

Claire Kittrell, formerly Michael, who goes by the YouTube moniker CopperCab, posted a video on Tuesday entitled “I’m done pretending.”

“I feel like I’m stronger now, moreso than I’ve ever been, because I’m learning to accept myself, and I’m learning to be more comfortable in my own skin,” Ms. Kittrell said in the emotional, 10-minute video. “In fact, when I first made ‘Gingers have souls,’ I wasn’t just getting picked on because I was a redhead, because I was a ginger, I was also being picked on because I was more feminine than the other guys.”

Pro-LGBT groups praised Ms. Kittrell’s decision to come out as transgender.

The Human Rights Campaign said it “stands in support of Claire for taking this brave step and for sharing her story and struggle to live openly and authentically.”

The video has been viewed more than 300,000 times, but has garnered mostly negative reviews and comments.

“Gingers do have souls!” — the video that launched Ms. Kittrell’s online celebrity – has received more than 40 million views since it was uploaded in 2010.

In it, Ms. Kittrell said a “South Park” episode making fun of red-headed people had caused kids to pick on him at school, adding that “ginger” is a “slanderous word.”

“You know, everyone else gets respect,” Ms. Kittrell said in the video. “I mean, black people, white people, Mexicans, everyone. Gingers. Why do gingers have to be put down so much?”




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